The answer to the question of whether it is a thumb up or thumbs down?  It is definitely, a thumb up. The reasons for the upvote are discussed below.

NCERT’s role

National Council for Educational Research and Training is the board that regulates the Central Board of Secondary Education schools. It is a well-known fact that the CBSE is one of the best boards that is preferred by the kids who want to learn the concepts in depth and by the government schools like KendriyaVidhyalaya themselves.

Syllabus on par with the college first and second-year syllabus

The syllabus of class 11 and class 12 is too huge under the CBSE board. The CBSE tests the analytical skills and the thinking ability of the students. The Human Resources Minister PrakashJavedhekar feels that the syllabus is too huge and that the marks just don’t alone determine the capacity of the student. Moreover, the things that can be learned at college, when learned beforehand holds of no great value as the two years in college does not prove to be fruitful. Moreover, he also made a mention that the Class 11 and Class 12 and the whole of schooling is the time when the cognitive development of the brain occurs at a rapid rate. Such an excellent period should be put to use properly,and maximum benefits should be derived out of it. The overall development of a kid also includes his moral values and character that is shaped at a larger level only during his school days.

The state boards plan to adopt CBSE Syllabus

There are also many state boards like that of Tamil Nadu that is planning for a revamp of the syllabus framework by adopting the CBSE pattern of questioning. Thus, the students who have studied the state board syllabus for a long time would find it difficult to adapt to CBSE pattern. This would help those students on a much larger scale.

Not just Class 11 and Class 12

This plan of cutting down the syllabus into half is not going to be implemented for the students of classes 11 and 12 alone, but also for the students of all classes who are studying under the CBSE pattern.

One can’t have the cake and eat it too; the policy of detention is likely to get reintroduced as a part of the syllabus cut. This is indeed a historical move to enhance the education system in schools in India.